Internet Toolbox Vol. 11
  November 1-15, 1999
  1999 Series

PH Domain Foundation launches flat domain space, automated registration

Web Dot Com Website Development earlier announced to you about the proposal for a flat domain space. As a follow-up to newsletter vol. 8, we are now coming out with the latest update on the issue. The following article was originally published at the Manila Bulletin on October 21, 1999.

The PH Domain Foundation Inc., the administrator of the Philippine country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), recently announced the availability of a flat domain space. This means that .PH domain names will no longer need to have the .com, .org, .net, .mil, or .ngo suffixes, although those will still be available. The announcement was made at a briefing at Watering Hole in Mandaluyong City before with selected members of the press.

"From time to time, we would receive requests from applicants who wanted a domain name," said Joel Disini, PH domain administrator. ‘Our problem then was that we already had the hierarchical system, and moving everyone to a flat space would’ve been too complicated. For one thing, the owner of might not be the same owner of or of, so we had to settle the question of who had priority over More importantly, all e-mail users of would have to mail their friends and associates about the change of their address to, and their Webmaster would have announce the change of their Web site to

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Finally, we decided, sometime last year, that a flat space could very well co-exist with the current hierarchical one."

The Foundation also announced a Web-based system that will accept domain name applications and update the PH domain database automatically. "This does, however, introduce added costs to the Foundation," said Anne Generoso, marketing and communication manager, "that we have to pass on to the registrants". The good news is that existing domain will be exempted from the annual renewal fees, unless the domain owner has to modify their NS records.

Furthermore, existing domains will priority over the flat counterpart – will have 45 days to register, after which it’s a free-for all."

She added that the PH Domain Foundation is now a partner of Network Solutions Inc., the largest Top-Level Doamin (TLD) registarant. "This means that we can now register .com, .net, .org, and other TLDs". The Foundation aims to make the .ph domain one of the largest in the region, if not the world.

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